Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs

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Nothing may define us more in life then our behavior. They are the actions that become of our feelings, thoughts, and our experiences in life. As a whole the study of what people think, feel and do in and around an organization is referred to as Organizational behavior or OB. (McShane & Glinow, 2016) .In an organizational structure, our behaviors can affect many aspects of business like moral and profit gain or loss. The ability to understand and properly manage many different types of people and behaviors inside a business structure allows the business to operate like a well-oiled machine. That also requires an understanding of how to motivate different personality types. In the research I am going to compare Maslow’s hierarchy of needs against Lawrence and Nohira’s 4 drive theory in an attempt to better understand their possible uses inside an organizational structure. Let’s first take a look a look at the two theories before discussing their potential benefit. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. We need to keep in mind that Maslow’s field was phycology, so his research was done from a medical viewpoint more so than a business one. In business, we understand that everyone is motivated differently so one approach will not work on all people. Maslow’s theory was that the needs or “drives” that motivated people could be condensed from the long list of needs that could potentially exist into 5 basic categories starting with the lowest; Physiological as in the need for food, air,

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